Arthor Documentation for Future Developer

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Here is the link to Arthor's manual

Arthor configurations and the frontend files are consolidated in /nfs/soft2/arthor_configs/.

/nfs/soft2/arthor_configs/ can start/restart Arthor instances on respective machines.

Launch the script to see the options available.

How To Download Arthor

  1. Ssh to nfs-soft2 and become root. Prepare directory
     mkdir /export/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<version> && cd /export/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<version>
  2. Download Software with this link
    • Username:
    • Password: <Ask>
  3. Go to releases. Look for the right OS and copy the link address.
  4. Download using wget
     wget --user --password <Ask> <link address>
  5. Decompress the file
    •  tar -xvf <file_name>

How To Launch Arthor For The First Time

  1. Ssh to nfs-exc and become root
  2. Open a port in the firewall
    firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=<port_number>/tcp 
    firewall-cmd --reload
  3. Go to Arthor Config directory
    cd /export/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<latest_version>
  4. Create an Arthor config file
    vim <name_of_file>.cfg
    • Add these lines in the file. Check the manual for more options.
  5. Now ssh into a machine you wish to run an Arthor instance on and become root
  6. Change your shell to bash if you havn't already
  7. Create a screen
    screen -S <screen_name>
  8. Prepare Arthor Config Path
    export ARTHOR_CONFIG="/nfs/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<version>/<name_of_config_file>.cfg"
  9. Launch java
    java -jar /nfs/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<version>/arthor-<version>-centos7/java/arthor.jar --httpPort=<port_number>

Configuration Details

  • DataDir: This is the directory where the Arthor data files live. Location where the index files will be created and loaded from.
  • MaxConcurrentSearches: Controls the maximum number of searches that can be run concurrently by setting the database pool size. When switching between a large number of databases it can be useful to have a larger pool size, the only trade off is keeping file pointers open.
  • MaxThreadsPerSearch: The number of threads to use for both ATDB and ATFP searches
  • Set AutomaticIndex to false if you don't want new smiles files added to the data directory to be indexed automatically
  • AsyncHitCountMax: The upper-bound for the number of hits to retrieve in background searches.
  • Resolver: Using Smallworld API, allows input box to take in a SMILE format and automatically draw on the board.

Check Arthor manual for more configuration options

How to Build Arthor Databases

We can build Arthor Databases anywhere.

Just use the script located at /nfs/home/jjg/scripts/

Here is the content of the script:



export ARTHOR_DIR=/nfs/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-$version/arthor-$version-centos7/
export PATH=$ARTHOR_DIR/bin/:$PATH


for j in $target
        echo 'smi2atdb -j 4 -p '$j' '${j}'.atdb'
        smi2atdb -j 4 -p $j ${j}.atdb
        echo 'atdb2fp -j 4 '$j'.atdb'
	atdb2fp -j 4 ${j}.atdb

Command Details

smi2atdb creates the atdb files needed for Substructure searching.

  • -j is the amount of threads to use to index the smiles file
  • -p stores the position of the original file

atdb2fp makes substructure searching faster

Setting up Round Table

"Round Table allows you to serve and split chemical searches across multiple host machines. The implementation provides a lightweight proxy that forwards requests to other Arthor host servers that do the actual search. Communication is done using the existing Web APIs.

Setting up Host Server

  1. Ssh to nfs-soft2 and become root
  2. Open a port in the firewall
    firewall-cmd --permanent --add-port=<port_number>/tcp 
    firewall-cmd --reload
  3. Go to Arthor Config Directory
    cd /export/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<version>
  4. Create Round Table Head configuration file. Here is an example:
  5. [RoundTable]
  6. Now ssh into a machine you wish to run the round table head on and become root
  7. Change your shell to bash if you havn't already
  8. Create a screen
    screen -S <screen_name>
  9. Prepare Arthor Config Path
    export ARTHOR_CONFIG="/nfs/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<version>/<round_table_head>.cfg"
  10. Launch java
    java -jar /nfs/soft2/arthor_configs/arthor-<version>/arthor-<version>-centos7/java/arthor.jar --httpPort=<port_number>

Active Arthor Instances

Public Arthor

CentOS 7 Machine Port Round Table Data Directory Active
samekh /local2/public_arthor/ active
nun /local2/public_arthor/ active
n-9-22 /export/db4/public_arthor/ active

Arthor Round Table Head

CentOS 7 Machine Port Round Table Data Directory Active
samekh /local2/arthor_database/ active
nun /local2/arthor_database/ active

Arthor Round Table Nodes

CentOS 7 Machine Port Round Table Data Directory Active
samekh /local2/arthor_database/ active
nun /local2/arthor_database/ active
n-1-17 /local2/arthor_database/ not active
n-5-32 /local2/arthor_database/ not active
n-5-33 /local2/arthor_database/ not active

Arthor Local 8081 (Datasets all local to samekh/nun)

CentOS 7 Machine Port Round Table Data Directory Active
samekh /local2/arthor_local_8081/ not active
nun /local2/arthor_local_8081/ not active

Customizing Arthor Frontend to our needs

The frontend Arthor code is located at /nfs/exc/arthor_configs/* and the * is based on current running version.

Add Arthor Download Options

For Arthor 3.4:

1. vim .extract/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/static/index.html

2. search: arthor_tsv_link

3. in the div with the class=”dropdown-content”, add these link options and change the number accordingly:

              <a id="arthor_tsv_link" href="#"> TSV-500</a>
              <a id="arthor_tsv_link_5000" href="#"> TSV-5,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_tsv_link_50000" href="#"> TSV-50,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_tsv_link_100000" href="#"> TSV-100,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_tsv_link_max" href="#"> TSV-max</a>
              <a id="arthor_csv_link" href="#"> CSV-500</a>
              <a id="arthor_csv_link_5000" href="#"> CSV-5,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_csv_link_50000" href="#"> CSV-50,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_csv_link_100000" href="#"> CSV-100,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_csv_link_max" href="#"> CSV-max</a>
              <a id="arthor_sdf_link" href="#"> SDF-500</a>
              <a id="arthor_sdf_link_5000" href="#"> SDF-5,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_sdf_link_50000" href="#"> SDF-50,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_sdf_link_100000" href="#"> SDF-100,000</a>
              <a id="arthor_sdf_link_max" href="#"> SDF-max</a>

4. then vim .extract/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/static/js/index.js

5. search: function $(t){

6. in the function $(t), add these lines:

if(document.getElementById("arthor_tsv_link")) {
       var e=i.a.param({query:s.b.query,type:s.b.type,draw:0,start:0,length:t,flags:s.b.flags}),n=s.b.url+"/dt/"+E(s.b.table)+"/search";i()("#arthor_sdf_link").attr("href",n+".sdf?"+e),i() ("#arthor_tsv_link").attr("href",n+".tsv?"+e),i()("#arthor_csv_link").attr("href",n+".csv?"+e)
if (document.getElementById("arthor_tsv_link_5000")) {
       var e=i.a.param({query:s.b.query,type:s.b.type,draw:0,start:0,length:5000,flags:s.b.flags}),n=s.b.url+"/dt/"+E(s.b.table)+"/search";i()("#arthor_sdf_link_5000").attr("href",n+".sdf?"+e),i()("#arthor_tsv_link_5000").attr("href",n+".tsv?"+e),i()("#arthor_csv_link_5000").attr("href",n+".csv?"+e)
if (document.getElementById("arthor_tsv_link_50000")) {
       var e=i.a.param({query:s.b.query,type:s.b.type,draw:0,start:0,length:50000,flags:s.b.flags}),n=s.b.url+"/dt/"+E(s.b.table)+"/search";i()("#arthor_sdf_link_50000").attr("href",n+".sdf?"+e),i()("#arthor_tsv_link_50000").attr("href",n+".tsv?"+e),i()("#arthor_csv_link_50000").attr("href",n+".csv?"+e)
if (document.getElementById("arthor_tsv_link_100000")) {
       var e=i.a.param({query:s.b.query,type:s.b.type,draw:0,start:0,length:100000,flags:s.b.flags}),n=s.b.url+"/dt/"+E(s.b.table)+"/search";i()("#arthor_sdf_link_100000").attr("href",n+".sdf?"+e),i()("#arthor_tsv_link_100000").attr("href",n+".tsv?"+e),i()("#arthor_csv_link_100000").attr("href",n+".csv?"+e)
if (document.getElementById("arthor_tsv_link_max")) {
       var e=i.a.param({query:s.b.query,type:s.b.type,draw:0,start:0,length:1000000000,flags:s.b.flags}),n=s.b.url+"/dt/"+E(s.b.table)+"/search";i()("#arthor_sdf_link_max").attr("href",n+".sdf?"+e),i()("#arthor_tsv_link_max").attr("href",n+".tsv?"+e),i()("#arthor_csv_link_max").attr("href",n+".csv?"+e)

Take out Similarity Button

vim .extract/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/static/index.html
search: Similarity

Comment out this line < li value="Similarity" onclick="setSearchType(this)" class="first"> Similarity //added spaces at the beginning and end so prevent wiki from converting it Then add "first" in Substructure's class

Hyperlink to zinc20

vim .extract/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/static/js/index.js
search: table_name
*find this line "< b>" + d + "< /b>"
*replace with "< b><a target='_blank' href='"+d+"'>" + d + "</a>" //added spaces at the beginning and end so prevent wiki from converting it

Make Input Box Work

At the end of the Arthor config file add this:
To copy smiles in the input box:
   vim .extract/webapps/ROOT/WEB-INF/static/js/index.js
   search this: “var e=t.src.smiles()”
   add this after the semi-colon
       document.getElementById("ar_text_input").value = e;

Restarting Arthor Instance(s) Instructions

Public, Private, and SuperPrivate Arthors are all started the same way.

Public Arthor lives and runs on both samekh and nun.

Private Arthor lives and runs on samekh.

Super Private Arthor lives and runs on nun.


  • To start an instance
  1. ssh into appropriate machine
  2. become root
  3. cat
  4. copy and run screen command
    • Public Arthor only needs one line.
      • /usr/bin/screen -dmS public_arthor /root/
    • Private and Super Private needs two lines.
      • /usr/bin/screen -dmS private_arthor /root/
      • /usr/bin/screen -dmS private_arthor_rt_head /root/
  • To stop an instance
  1. ssh into appropriate machine
  2. become root
  3. One Way
    • screen -ls
    • screen -r <instance_screen_name or instance_screen_number>
    • ctrl + C
  4. Second Way
    • screen -ls, find instance name or number
    • screen -X -S <instance_screen_name or instance_screen_number> kill
    • screen -ls, to double check